Talk, Walk and Weed at Heronswood

Join me on March 15th, March 29th and April 19th, 10am-2pm for a hit-the-ground-running half day to both help better your horticultural knowledge as well as re-reveal the gardens of Heronswood  

We are in our second year of taming an overgrown and neglected garden that went fallow from 2006-2013.  How exciting it has been to tackle this project and discover the long term survivors, criminalize the invasive thugs and put a new and lasting polish on this garden.  Owned by the S'kllalam Port Gamble Indian Tribe, I am currently heading the garden restoration on a shoestring budget, and having a blast with volunteers and tribal staff.  You will recognize familiar faces from Heronswood's past, including Al Hanson, Celia Pedersen and Duane West.  Local gardening celebrities will sometimes take charge of these gatherings, however you are stuck with me for the first three as we get up and running.  

The day will begin at 10am sharp with a 45 minute presentation indoors and out of the weather; subjects tbd will be seasonal and geared for both the beginning gardener and those more seasoned. ( the coffee pot will be ready by 9:30, with all luck, so come early)  Following will be a 45 minute walk through the garden to discuss its renovation and seasonal highlights.  After a brown bag lunch ( we provide coffee and tea ) we will jointly tackle areas in the garden needing renovation or maintenance for a 2 hour power shift.   Please bring rain gear, gloves and your favorite hand tools.  For those simply wanting to attend the lecture and tour, a $40 donation to the garden will be appreciated.  

We hope to see you and thank you in advance for considering this invitation.  

Beginning in May, 2014, this event will be scheduled for the  second and 4th Saturday of each month with selected leaders.  Plants may be for sale after each event by regional vendors.  

May 17th, from 10-4pm, is Heronswood's Spring Open.  The best of the best regional nurseries will be on hand to offer rare and unusual plants, while docents and volunteers will be in the garden to offer advice and plant identification.  Admission charges to the garden apply.  We hope to see you!!

 

Dan Hinkley, director

Heronswood, 7530 NE 288th, Kingston, WA 98342